[R-meta] multi-level random effects meta-analysis: valid funnel plot & Egger's test?

Viechtbauer, Wolfgang (SP) wo||g@ng@v|echtb@uer @end|ng |rom m@@@tr|chtun|ver@|ty@n|
Mon Mar 15 12:57:59 CET 2021

Dear Jennifer,

A google search of the archives with:

site:https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-sig-meta-analysis Egger rma.mv

brings up some relevant discussions; and maybe more with different search terms.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jennifer Oser [mailto:oser using post.bgu.ac.il]
>Sent: Sunday, 14 March, 2021 19:19
>To: Viechtbauer, Wolfgang (SP)
>Cc: R-sig-meta-analysis using r-project.org
>Subject: multi-level random effects meta-analysis: valid funnel plot & Egger's
>Dear Wolfgang and colleagues,
>A query as my collaborators and I finalize a paper that fits a multi-level model
>using the rma.mv function (with thanks to this list for advice on a post a few
>months ago):
>Are there recent developments in research on sensitivity tests for this type of
>nested data structure, including valid funnel plot and Egger's test diagnostics?
>Our search yielded this
>post (https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/155693/metafor-package-bias-and-
>sensitivity-diagnostics) from 2015 that suggested the answer is "no", and we
>haven't yet found any more recent information on the topic. Advice is welcome -
>and if such tests are not yet available, we'd be thankful for references to
>published sources that note this.
>With thanks,
>Dr. Jennifer Oser
>Department of Politics & Government | Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
>Department website | Research and teaching website

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